el cheapo mediterranean feast INCLUDING dessert "...it's CHOCOLATE. need i say more?" (movie line)
sometime last week all of our Fun Day Plans just weren't happening... it was monday, i think... and the lads were getting rather pinked out. so at two o'clock, we had a BRAINWAVE. we'll take twenty bucks to the shops and grab stuff for a FAMILY FEAST NIGHT!!!
the rules being:
*that we are feeding our six peeps for dinner
*and an extra four peeps for dessert
*we have to make everything
*the extra ingredients can be got from the $20 stash.
FIRST - we dreamed up the dinner menu:
then the lads decided who is TOP CHEF for each course:
Mouse: ENTREE: veggie sticks and homemade hummus
soak 2 c chick peas in boiling water for an hour (while you're at the shops)
rinse, add fresh water and pop into pressure cooker for 20 mins.
cool. drain. pile into blender with large teaspoon tahini, juice of 2 lemons, swish lime-infused avocado oil, 2 cloves garlic, tsp salt... it makes HEAPS! - enough for the whole week lol.
Slash: MAIN COURSE: beef and cumin kebabs on toasted almond couscous with greek yoghurt on the side
soak the kebab sticks in water, mix tsp cumin and tsp coriander powder into the 700g minced beef. make sausage-y shapes and gently thread onto sticks. grill, gently turning until cooked, about 15 mins. soak 2 c couscous in 2 c boiling water for ten mins. stir toasted almonds into the couscous (have a nearly-fire, open the windows and doors... and perform a rescue with the other half packet of almonds)
Charlie: DESSERT: Chocolate Five Star Cakes (cos there are 5 ingredients lol)
(cos we saw a recipe for 1-1-1-1 cake on the telly last week and decided to modify it. here's our recipe, cos we're definitely gonna wanna make it again)
1 c self raising flour
1 c coconut
1 c sugar
1 c milk
1/3 c cocoa
mix together and spoon into 12 muffin tins to make little chocolate puddings.
bake 180 celsius for 20 - 30 mins until springy.
eat drizzled with choc sauce - 125g dark choc melted with 125 ml cream.
and a scoop or two of *french vanilla* icecream on the side. delish.